Psalms – Chapter 129

Dry Up!

By Rabbi Jack Abramowitz

Another Song of Ascents: Israel will say that they have been greatly oppressed since their youth (meaning since the exile began), but their spirit has not been conquered. The nations plow long furrows on the backs of the Jews (a metaphor for the oppression), but G-d is righteous. He will cut the ropes that tie on the yoke of the nations.

Those who hate G-d’s people will be ashamed. David prays that their fate will be like the patches of grass that grow on a rooftop; they quickly dry up. Their fate will not be like an abundant harvest that inspires blessing from those who see it.

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